This is a popular place in San Francisco for a snack. They have typical American food, of course, but the most popular order are the cheesecakes. They're spectacular! Expensive and huge, but spectacular nonetheless. Treat yourself to one and you'll see what I mean. It's a chain, but this is the flagship one, in the heart of Union Square and with great views at the top. The Cheesecake Café is across from Union Square on top of the Macys. It has a fantastic terrace that allows you to see the city from above. Yes, it's always full of tourists and usually on the chilly side on the terrace.
We arrived at the Walk of Fame hungry and didn't know where to eat. I saw a huge Hard Rock Cafe sign in front of us and decided to give it go. The Hard Rock Cafe is almost always good, and this one was no exception. The place is huge once you get inside despite the somewhat small storefront. It's full of rock'n'roll paraphernalia like guitars and and stage costumes of famous groups. The service is great and the waiters and waitresses are all unbelievably attractive. It's one of the only places in the area that serves meat not in burger form. I ordered steak with mashed potatoes and veggies. Good as always.
The Sidewalk Grill is great to stave off hunger while taking a walk along Venice Beach. We ordered a couple of pizzas and some snacks to share, pure American style. There's a good atmosphere and artists that brighten up the food with their dances and music. I recommend it, however if you're looking for the best price the cheapest pizza is along the promenade.
Weary of eating burgers during our trip through the USA, we decided to find an Asian food place in San Diego since there is supposedly much variety and tradition in these foods. We were recommended Kabuki which, despite not being the best known of the area, turned out to be the staunchest. The first time we went (we've since been many times), we sat at table and tried a variety of sushi: tuna, salmon and eel. The latter proved to be the greatest discovery of our dining experience in the city. We also tried the rolls, which were also very delicious, especially with avocado and eel. It was so delicious that we went back the next day. We went straight to the fast-paced bar where you have to be ready for anything. But it's ok, you can still ask the cook for whatever you want. And we did, we had a sushi feast. If you're in the area of Mission Beach in San Diego and you like sushi, you can not miss Kabuki.
Yes, this may not be the most beautiful Hard Rock Cafe in the world, but it's not bad. The best thing about it is it´s atmosphere. Pier 39 is one of the most lively in the city. For music-lovers, they say that they have the late Kurt Cobain's guitar on display.
I recently stayed in Los Angeles, just briefly. It's nothing like New York, it's a very quiet and pleasant city and best of all it doesn't smell! The food, however, is like it is in New York! They say it's the most polluted city in the US, but I don't see it that way. We didn't see as much traffic as they say there is, and the amount was normal for a big city. I'm not sure if you're familiar with the series Big Bang Theory, but one of the lead characters, Penny, works in the Cheesecake Factory in Pasadena, and so we decided to go to breakfast to eat one of the best Cheesecake Factories in the world, and it was good indeed! Don't miss it! Other than desserts and breakfast, there are also different kinds of food, like burgers and steaks and salads. But the best are the desserts! The waitresses are super kind and helpful, as they work for tips. I forgot, while you're waiting for your food, they bring you really good warm bread with butter, and coffee just the way you want it, on the house.
We arrived by chance (it's pretty complicated to eat out on Saturday night in San Francisco without reservations) and were really surprised by such a cool place for dinner. We were very lucky because even though we did wait about around 15 minutes (yes, with a beer at the bar), they ended up putting us in one of the private rooms perfect for a group of 10 or 12 people. The restaurant is also pretty close to Union Square. My recommendation: the meat, which was spectacular, and the wine list is good too.
This restaurant chain can be found throughout the USA, its main claim is that the waitresses wear tight fitting hot pants. Regardless of that strangeness of the place, it's a very good place to eat, in LA there's one and in Santa Monica if you're visiting. The burgers are awesome, I was living in LA and this was the place I went back to the most often. The price is right in line with this kind of restaurants like the Hard Rock.
This restaurant is on the San Francisco pier. You can eat giant crabs straight from San Francisco Bay at a great price. We did not have much time, so I ordered a crab to take-away, and we ate it on the pier, watching the jealous seagulls. It was quite a fun experience and it comes highly recommended!
A very original vegetarian restaurant located in the area of The Mission. It is an ideal place to eat things which are somewhat rare but exquisite. Fish in the form of tacos, the original fish and chips ... It´s a highly-recommended place for those that want to try new things. It´s not cheap, but for about 20 euros you can eat excellently. It´s one of those places that you only find if someone tells you about it, but which you will remember forever!!
Behind this strange name is one of the most recommended restaurants. On the way to Chinatown, in downtown San Francisco, lies this place that draws your attention from outside for its spectacular decor. Once inside, it does not disappoint. Fusion Asian cuisine is served, but still modern. It's a spectacular place that I loved. If you're near Union Square and you're hungry, do not hesitate to eat here.
Next to the Chinatown entrance in San Francisco on Grant Street, we discovered a gorgeous Parisian-style cafe on a sunny afternoon in late June. Just like Mrs. Dalloway, I wanted to capture everything around me - the waiter's complacent smile that was ready to fill the coffee cups and water glasses (there's no ice, the water comes in an old glass soda bottle). A yellow sports car was parked near the entrance. There were voices with accents from all over the world. There are so many things to entertain: you can look around, dine at candlelit tables, buy magazines, daily newspapers, bread, sweets. It is a curious American blend, a French twist in the most interesting Chinatown of the West Coast.
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Lose yourself drinking American beers by the media litre enjoying the orange sunset of Marina del Rey. Feel the the heat of a fire while trying to spot the famous green flash of the sun. Tip! The 2x1 is offered to give you two half-liter beers at once!! Better to order between two people and drink fast!
Farley's is a nice cafe in Potrero Hill where a friend of mine from San Francisco took me. It has a warm, friendly, and homely atmosphere. It's the opposite of what is usually dull monotony in other chain coffee shops like Starbucks. In Farley's, there's everything from children's drawings to hand-written ads on the wall, and they have wi-fi so a lot of young people come here to use it and have a coffee. Definitely a very nice and interesting atmosphere. The coffee, by the way, is excellent
After a night of camping is a good breakfast is welcome. What more can you ask for than a variety for breakfast, to the guests' tastes and in a great location? The restaurant is hidden in the landscape and the decor looks antique. It's really beautiful. The food is very nice and reasonably priced, and it offers an ideal environment.
In Venice Bar & Grill Whaler, along the Pacific Ocean we spent long afternoons and the occasional evening. It's a great place, surfer style, you can go to dinner and have a few beers here. It was happy hour until 8 p.m. and all the food was half price. On their website you can see the menu. We had quesadillas, ribs, and calimari. It's expensive if you're not there during happy hour, even on the web so you can check the price. It has a terrace and live music some nights. Around 10 p.m. it turns into a pub.
Squart and Gobbles restaurant/cafe on Haight Street (the main street in what is basically considered San Francisco's hippie neighborhood) was a great find: entrees for $ 10 or a tad more, a relaxed atmosphere, and a nice outdoor area behind the restaurant. The food: savory and sweet crepes, pasta, sandwiches, and a variety of salads. Drinks: homemade lemonade, among other things. I discovered later that the owners opened a couple of other restaurants around town, but I have not tried any yet! Bon appétit!
There are Rainforest Cafes is many cities around the US, but I visited the one in San Francisco. At first, I thought it was a store, but when we entered we found a whole jungle with a huge restaurant on the second floor. The shop is already super-cool and has t-shirts with prints of animals and pets for children. The cafe was also an experience. The whole place is lined with artificial plants and "storms" happen during your meal where the sky changes color before clearing up into stars and the sounds of crickets. Besides the cool environment, the food is extremely good though I'd advise ordering dishes to share as the portions are huge! The smoothies are also worth a try.